New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed

Press statement

March 28

Covid-19 – More Cases Confirmed

Two residents in a Shetland Care Home and an unconnected patient at the Gilbert Bain Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19. Their families have been informed and they are being cared for in isolation.

Over the past few hours, NHS Shetland has been notified of other care home residents in different facilities who have also begun displaying flu-like symptoms.

Precautionary measures are now in place in these facilities with these residents isolated.

The Walls Health Centre has also been closed to seeing patients after a member of staff developed symptoms and has gone into self-isolation. Patients can still call the surgery for information and advice.

This was confirmed today (Saturday, March 28) by NHS Shetland Chief Executive Michael Dickson.

“All the people involved are being well looked after and closely monitored but this is a serious situation,” Mr Dickson said.

It was imperative that everyone in Shetland stayed away from care homes unless they were there to work or provide an essential service.

“This is to protect the people living in these facilities who are among the most vulnerable in our community.”

Mr Dickson said that while the figures of the number of cases of Covid-19 in Shetland, issued daily by the Scottish government, had remained static for the last few days, the virus was circulating in the isles.

“Do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Wash your hands, maintain social distancing and obey the constraints of the lockdown. Our NHS can cope but not with an onslaught of cases,” he said.

Last weekend a patient was airlifted by the RAF from Sumburgh Airport to Aberdeen after he became critically ill with Covid-19.

 

*If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Further advice can be found on the NHS Inform website and patients are asked to phone NHS24 on 111 with Covid-19 related queries.